Changes in my Life
Dramatic changes have happened in my life as I read and reread the Bible. I am seeing more the purity and continuity and unity of God's word that I haven't seen before at meetings nor at many religious services.
From going to meetings, I had certain definitions ingrained in my mind from the workers' teachings. After leaving the cult, I started learning the basic definitions of words again and the powerful effect that definitions have on sentences/ concepts.
When I started reading the Bible without the influence of the spirit in the meetings, I began to understand the real meanings of the verses. This helped me to see how I had used so many verses inappropriately and against their true meaning. It changed my thinking too. I learned the meaning of sin - transgression of the commandments/law. And most recently, I learned the Biblical definition of love - keeping the commandments of God.
2Jn 1:6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.
Knowing the real meaning of "love" caused more dramatic changes. I reread 1 Cor 13, the chapter on charity. Holly read it through to me, and then I reread it back and substituted "keeping the commandments of God" in place of the word "charity". It fit. It fit amazingly well. My mind is going through and rethinking what love means and how "love" is used in the Bible as a word - using its Biblical definition now.
I am tired of so much of the teaching at some churches. Some of the pastors don't have a clue what they are talking about. And some of their preaching is borderline 2x2ism. There is some good teaching on radio, and much garbage. Many people aren't really interested in God, just a religious feel-good, warm, cozy cute ideas, kinda like 2x2 "convention gems".
I talk with my dad and Rita and Holly about the things I find in the Bible. I tell them about what I'm learning. This is real fellowship. And not that dad, Holly and Rita always agree with me or see what I see in what I'm talking about, but we can talk about it. I can show them scriptures. And they don't have to make changes in their life for me to still love them. We all make changes at different times and for different reasons. But that in no way diminishes my joy in the LORD for the pure, unadulterated Word of God that I'm given from heaven. "Reading the Bible" is God speaking to me directly. It is me seeing Jesus Christ and the Father. And this satisfies my hungry soul. God's Word brings me joy unspeakable and great contentment.
Joh 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
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Girls and Dating
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|To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. - Jesus Christ speaking to Saul, see Act 26:18, see Salvation through Jesus Christ.|